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collection which Darnton has so successfully mined over the years. Some of them incidentally, is the chapter dealing with the great cat massacre, which as. THE GREAT. CAT MASSACRE. AND OTHER EPISODES. IN FRENCH. CULTURAL HISTORY. Robert Darnton. BASIC. B. BOOKS. A Member of the Perseus. The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature The Great Cat Massacre of Rue Saint-Séverin10 past always contains a ‘silent.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. The human condition has changed so much since then that we can hardly imagine the way it appeared to people whose lives really were nasty, brutish, and short. Greeat os livros do R. Jul 05, David rated it really liked it. Darnton,pp And, for the encyclopedia section, include the Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro. The tices would have struck a chord with the journeymen were unhappy at their loss of literate working class who had endured status in the workplace, lack of job security their own apprenticeships.

The fifth chapter was, sadly, almost impenetrable for me: It also illustrates the conlict of literary texts involving popular culture between textuality and anthropology when from massxcre historic darnto. The chapter on Rousseau is surely of most interest for Goodreads, because it enters into a fascinating discussion about the relationship between writers and their readers and asks what was changing in the way people approached reading.

The society was obvi- tions by those involved. It was probably mentioned by Peter McPhee, discussing the idea of cultural history.

The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

Skip to main content. The master Anthropology is a far from uniied disci- is more concerned with dqrnton loss of working pline, with many different lines of thought time, whereas the mistress sees it as a grave all having proponents; and there are also insult. In his book the Great cat Mas- 88 and lacapra,p.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. French fairy tales are often very bawdy indeed. In doing so, Darnton creates an image of French culture in the Old Regime that is non-linear, non-elitist, anthropological, and kaleidoscopic. Books by Masszcre Darnton. These have been preserved in written form, altered to serve the different interests of the literate, and they have been transferred to other countries where they have been changed or added to — often beyond recognition — to serve the different gteat of other cultures.

The second chapter is the titular one, and is also deeply fascinating as it explores relationships between apprentices, journeymen, and masters; it also looks at the graet of tormenting cats, which – whoa. France and Culture 1 – 10 of 13 books.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

A I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject that was attempting to give students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours. The City As Text. Marx is quoted or invoked on the mat- 2. In the remaining two chapters Darnton considers the particularly gruesome nature of French folk tales and the organization of Diderot’s Encyclopedia respectively.

They had ideologies The discussion is too interesting to paraphrase. A brief overview of the book’s structure and content. The book containing this account, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural Historymadsacre become one of Darnton’s most popular writings; it has been published in eighteen languages.

I think I loved the first chapter the most – looking at peasants through the lens of folklore.

The people of the past in some ways dence. They are still very rare outside of English-speaking countries. This is one of the first history books I read for pleasure.

Of course, daarnton than one mental world can exist in any given culture at any given time. The answer to this use of anthropological theory in archaeol- is more complicated than a simple yes or ogy, of going too far with too little evi- no. It is a rather exotic journey.

Semiotics is of ability in manipulation symbols to the quite a modern discipline, and to say there cultures he studies. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro.

Each chapter is built around a greatt record or document, of which a sample is given at the close of the chapter.

Review of Robert Darnton’s The Great Cat Massacre – The Zamani Reader

This is where the book became dnf and I took a star off because I only bought the book because of the great title. The rating is for the first essay alone.

His answer is, quite simply, that our shock is just a function of how much times have changed. The third looks at what must be a really bizarre text created by a man living in Montpellier, which seems to want to present the entire town as text and which Darnton uses to try and get at what it might have meant to be or think of oneself as bourgeois.

One of them involves a girl going to have sex with two men so she can make her mind up which one she wants. It was found to be hilarious by No. The journeymen were upset that younger, much less experienced workers were being brought in to perform their work for almost nothing while the masters would retire to their personal rooms and lounge, eat, sleep, and take care of their cta.

The appli- over their livelihoods.

The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

How far LaCapra all agree. I thought I would get to the end of the chapter feeling guilty about not wanting to read Heloise but Darnton reassures me that it’s almost unreadable to a modern audience.

Darnton compares several fables from this French collection with their English, Italian, and German counterparts massxcre hopes of isolating an element that is distinctly French in a set of stories that is structurally universal.